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Certification by a notary public

"All notarial acts and instruments may be received in evidence without further proof as being duly authenticated in accordance with the requirements of law unless the contrary is proved".

Civil Procedure Rules - Rule 32.20

The firm provides a full range of notarial services. A primary function of a notary is to certify the signature of a client. To do this, we will ask for photo identification and proof of residential address.

On request we attend on clients at their place of business or home.

If you are representing a company or other organisation we will need to investigate your authority. In some cases we may ask you to produce certain documents, such as a certificate of incorporation or good standing. A board resolution or power of attorney may also be relevant.

The firm offers certification of translations and can assist in making certified copies of documents. It also confirms the authenticity of United Kingdom documentation for overseas use. A notary’s certificate creates a presumption of authenticity in court.

Notaries are authorised by statute to administer oaths and declarations. We also draft affidavits and declarations to our clients’ instructions.

In matters of commerce we will note and protest bills of exchange.

In probate matters the firm acts on behalf of foreign beneficiaries who are seeking to obtain a grant in England and Wales. We also advise clients who have assets in different countries or who are seeking to obtain recognition of a will in more than one jurisdiction. Notaries are authorised to make applications to the court in this respect.